MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team is set to open its fall slate at the Head of the Ohio regatta on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Mountaineers have five entries prepared to race in the regatta.
Two crews will be racing in the women’s open eight and three crews will compete in the women’s open four.
“While we always have an eye on our competition, we'll be more focused on what we're doing,” says coach Jimmy King. “Specifically, I'm expecting to see our crews maintain the technical points we've been working on in training. I'm also expecting to see better depth in our team which will be measured by the margins between our crews in both the 8+s and the 4+s, respectively.”
Last year, the Mountaineers won gold in the Varsity 8+ for the second year in a row. The crew of Hilary Meale
, Karen Verwey
, Christina Mehrtens
, Kelly Kramer
, Jessica Hurlbert
, Shannon Gribbons, Courtney Schrand
, Rachelle Purych
and coxswain Morgan Leach
finished the 2.6 mile long race in 15:59.20.
WVU entered three crews into the Varsity 4+ race, with one taking first place while the other two finished in the top ten. The crew of Hillary Meale, Karen Verwey
, Courtney Schrand
, Rachelle Purych
and coxswain Sarah Cartwright crossed the finish line in 17:32.13, earning them their first-place finish.
The Mountaineers also had two entries in the women’s open 2x even. The ‘A’ crew finished second and the ‘B’ crew finished third.
“Last year's regatta was significantly different than in years past due to changes in both venue and racecourse,” King says. “In addition, the day was cold, windy, rainy, and muddy; an altogether miserable day of racing and one that is clearly remembered by all who were there. With better weather forecast for Saturday and some familiarity with the current set-up, this year's regatta should run smoother and be more enjoyable than last year. I believe we're ahead of where we were last year, but how that compares to our competitors at the Head of the Ohio remains to be seen.”
For information, live updates and statistics or directions to the regatta, visit www.headoftheohio.org
Action is set to begin at 9:50 a.m., and a recap of the day’s action will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.